In his recent Autobiography, Morrissey rails against just about any criticism of his work – except those lobbed at 1991's atypically reserved Kill Uncle, which shocked him into making the next year's far more forceful Your Arsenal. Produced by former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, with fits of glam flamboyance and a raw rockabilly bluntness, Moz's third solo LP made clear what Smiths fans already knew: Here was a new kind of superstar. For more proof, check this remastered reissue's must-see bonus DVD, filmed at a raucous show in Mountain View, California, on Halloween 1991. Watching the singer get repeatedly rushed by lovesick fans captures the American peak of Morrisseymania like nothing else.
From The Archives Issue 1204: March 13, 2014